A rejuvenated Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice on his first competitive start of the season as Real Madrid beat APOEL Nicosia 3-0 on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid began the defence of the Champions League title on a strong note, easing past APOEL Nicosia. The Portuguese front-man opened the scoring by slotting in from close range and also added a penalty in the second half. Sergio Ramos scored the third goal which sealed victory for the Spanish side.

Zinedine Zidane’s side now top Group H on goal difference ahead of Tottenham. Although Ronaldo has been banned from domestic football since August for pushing a referee, the player only needed 12 minutes to get his name back among the goals in the competition where he is the all-time top scorer.

The win was a fairly easy one for Real Madrid but it will lay a strong foundation for them to build on after a couple of disappointing draws in La Liga. The Hard Tackle takes a look at some of the best tweets regarding the game.

While the general mood was exuberant among the fans, many expressed their opinions on the infamous penalty.

However, the fans were delighted with Sergio Ramos’ overhead kick which gifted Madrid their third goal.

On a side note, Marco Asensio’s embarrassing shaving injury paved way for a lot of jokes on Twitter. Take a look.

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